NY Times’ Wajahat Ali: Trump ‘Impotent’ When It Comes to Condemning White Nationalist Terrorism
New York Times’ contributing opinion writer Wajahat Ali spared no punches when talking about President Donald Trump and white supremacists on Friday.
Speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon, Ali started off by stating — in no uncertain terms — how he thinks Trump is a racist.
After talking about the white supremacists’ replacement theory, Ali segued into how it all relates to Trump.
“He’s a racist,” he said. “He’s not racially charged. He doesn’t have racial trip-ups. He doesn’t have racial flare-ups. I don’t know what the hell a racial flare-up is. You don’t go to CVS to get whitewash for a racial flare-up. He’s a racist.”
Then, at another point, Ali noted Trump goes hard after ISIS but he’s “impotent” when white nationalists commit acts of terrorism.
“The question is why are the KKK, the alt-right, and white supremacists who chant — wait for it — the Jews will not replace us, throwback to the replacement theory, that’s what they chanted in Charlottesville, and they killed Heather Heyer, an anti-racist protester. He says they’re very fine people. Both sides are to blame,” Ali said. “So it comes from the top down. This is the commander in chief. I want President Trump to be the president of all Americans, not just his base and white nationalists who by the way see him as a figurehead, as an enabler. How do we know that? Their own words. Daily Stormer, the number one white supremacist website, said he’s our guy. Richard Spencer, alt-right, says he’s our guy. David Duke says he’s our guy. Why is he their guy, Don?”
Finally, he compared radical white supremacy to ISIS.
“White ISIS. They’re white ISIS,” Ali said. “The DNA of violent extremists is the same. Much of the grievances are the same. Instead of giving Islamic paradise. They want Valhalla… Angry, dislocated men who find a community online and a sense of purpose. A hero’s narrative. He [the New Zealand terrorist] thinks he’s a hero of this narrative saving western civilization, and he leaves a video behind. Who else leaves videos behind?”
Watch above, via CNN.
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